The Daily Eastern News

UPD officers serve up floats

Janet Pernell, Multicultural reporter

October 5, 2016

Students lined up outside of Coleman Hall Wednesday afternoon to be handed cups of root beer floats by officers from the University Police Department. The University Board has put together a social called “Cooling it with the Cops,” which gave students the opportunity to drink root beer floats...

Aquatic classes available at Rotary pool

The Rotary Community Aquatic Center opened at 4 p.m. Thursday because of the unseasonably cold temperatures. Attendence of the pool has been lowered by the rainy week.

Tony Komada, Online Editor

July 9, 2015

Session two of the swimming lessons offered by the Rotary Community Aquatic Center began on Monday and will continue through July 17. “Learning how to swim is life changing,” said Gena Bunch-Epperson, Aquatic Facility Supervisor. Children from 5-12 can sign up for group swimming lessons. ...

New PFLAG chapter to support local LGBT, parents

Derrin Coad, Staff Reporter

July 7, 2015

A new chapter of PFLAG has opened up in Charleston and members are eager to offer support to LGBT children and their parents. The new Charleston chapter of PFLAG, which stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is one of the 19 chapters in Illinois and one of more than 350 chapters in th...

Slideshow: Charleston Fourth of July 2015

Slideshow: Charleston Fourth of July 2015

July 6, 2015

This was the 25th year of the Charleston, Ill. Red, White & Blue Days. These activities took place July 4, 2015 at Morton Park, including a Chalk-In hosted by the Coles County Arts Council, water hose open by the Charleston Fire Department, and the Fourth of July Parade.

City Council to select mayor at emergency meeting

Staff Report

June 29, 2015

The Charleston City Council will have an emergency meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall to officially select a mayor to fill the vacancy of Larry Rennels. Rennels, who died in office Thursday, took his oath of office in May 2013, and his term would have extended to April 2017. The agenda for the emergency meeting contains eight action items. The council will first declare the vacancy of the office of m...

1950s-inspired band to rock Fourth of July

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a rock band from Champaign, will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 4 at Morton Park for Red, White & Blue Days. From left to right, members are: Mark Rubel, bass; Timmy Ray, guitar; Buster B. Dordaun, drums; Roger Prillman, keys; and Tary Powers, sax.

Tony Komada, Online Editor

June 29, 2015

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll band based out of Champaign, is set to play at 2:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July at Morton Park for Charleston's Red, White and Blue Days. The band, which has been together since 1980, generally covers music titles from The Monkees, Elvi...

Visitation, funeral services set for Rennels

Staff Report

June 26, 2015

Services for Larry Rennels, the mayor of Charleston who died Thursday morning at age 67, have been set. Family, friends and community members may attend a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Funeral services honoring Rennels’ life...

Mayor of Charleston dies Thursday morning

Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels displays the next year's fiscal budget at the conclusion of the City Council meeting on April 21 at City Hall.  Rennels died Thursday morning.

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2015

Editor's Note: This story has been updated as of 9 p.m. 6/25/15. Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels died at about 7 a.m. Thursday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. He was 67. Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said the results of an autopsy performed Thursday would be available in four ...

Red, White and Blue Days celebrates 25th anniversary

Jeff Riggs, his wife Kristen Riggs and their son Caleb Riggs watch the fireworks display at the Coles County Airport Friday as part of Red, White and Blue Days. The two-day celebration ended with the fireworks.

Tony Komada, Online Editor

June 18, 2015

Red, White and Blue Days will begin June 28 and continue through July 5, celebrating its 25-year anniversary as well as honoring the 40-year anniversary of the Vietnam War. Festivities will take place around Morton Park at Division and Lincoln Avenue. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Trav...

City Council to vote on street maintenance bids

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 1, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on funding for general street maintenance throughout the year and buying portions of property on Harrison Avenue so the roads can be renovated. Mayor Larry Rennels said every year the city seeks the lowest bids for street maintenance and locks them in...

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